Nebraska Pulls Off A 17-9 win over Northwestern

Nebraska has come from behind to beat Northwestern by 17-9 after defending their part and scoring huge pointers when it mattered. 

Heinrich Haarberg threw eight completions off 17 passes for 85 yards and a touchdown. On the ground, he ran for 72 yards and a touchdown off 16 rushes. 

Emmett Johnson led the Huskers in rushing yards in the win, going for 73 yards off 12 carries.

Haarberg’s rushing touchdown handed the Huskers the lead and his 44-yard touchdown pass to Malachi Coleman extended that lead to 17-6.

“I want our defense to understand we’re a defensive football team,” Rhule said. “That doesn’t mean the offense takes a backseat to it. It means I expect our defense is going to go win games when it has a chance to go win games.”

The Huskers (4-3, 2-2 Big Ten) have won four of their last five games and matched their 2022 win total.

Nebraska’s defense limited Northwestern to 81 rushing yards on 39 carries, including minus-5 on 18 runs in the second half. 

Northwestern has lost 14 straight true road games.

“In the locker room, in there right now, it’s crushed,” Wildcats interim coach David Braun said. “This team, this program came into Lincoln today expecting to win a football game. 

“They walked in here and we challenged them to play for four quarters. There’s no doubt in my mind that our young men did just that. They played their tails off for four quarters.”

Nebraska lost two starters on the same play early in the second quarter. Season receiving leader Billy Kemp injured his left leg and offensive lineman Ethan Piper injured his right leg. 

Nebraska celebrated the 100th anniversary of Memorial Stadium. Three Nebraska National Guard soldiers honored the state’s fallen soldiers with a three-volley salute before the national anthem.